Cheers to Salado restaurant

Ann (left) and Steve Straesste (right) of Little Rock, Ark., enjoy the patio at the first year anniversary party of Salado Restaurant in Fairplay. Angel and tarot card readings, bean bag toss, music and some games were all available for customers to enjoy. Food and drink such as the popular prickly pear cactus margarita and the butter burger with caramelized onions were also popular choices at the celebration. Happy Anniversary to Salado. (Photo by Lori Bennett/The Flume)

According to the Colorado Restaurant Association website at, “There are approximately 11,800 eating and drinking locations in Colorado.” That’s a lot of competition. Anyone who has worked in the food industry knows that surviving is not easy, and thriving is even harder. Salado Restaurant in Fairplay is in the latter category, thriving, with an entire year of serving its eclectic southwest cuisine to happy Fairplay customers.

Kristin Farr, one of the owners of Salado, said, “It has been an amazing year; we captured the local following, and the tourism business has been a bonus.”

“Some of the local favorite menu items include the Navajo taco, trout, the butter burger and the prickly pear margarita,” Farr said.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Salado had a party which included the reading of angel and tarot cards, table and yard games, and cornhole, and proceeds from this event went to the charity organization in Fairplay, Middle Way, which provides a sanctuary for horses that are not able to be adopted. The organization also provides therapeutic services to humans, sometimes referred to as equine-assisted therapies.

June and Allie Klinks of Grand Rapids, Michigan, happened upon Salado on June 21 during the anniversary celebration and said they both enjoyed the Navajo taco. They happened upon Fairplay’s Front Street on their way home from a family reunion in Durango.

Salado also made statewide news as it was featured earlier this year in the 5280 Colorado magazine.

Lovetherockies11 on TripAdvisor wrote in June 2019, “Gourmet food in a small town setting – My wife and I went to Salado for lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and the service provided. I decided on the calamari and jalapeno poppers, and my wife had the Navajo taco on Indian fry bread. The food was delicious and had enough unusual variation to make our ‘stand-by’ choices really interesting.

“Our waiter was Steven who was attentive but not overbearing. The house Cabernet was actually quite good and reasonably priced and my wife really enjoyed the Lemon Drop cocktail. Everyone on the staff made us feel not just welcome but wanted.”

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